The Florida Panthers are trying to establish that a playoff spot and prove they are for real. They are trying to catch the Rangers and Bruins for the final wild card spot in the east so every point for them is huge. The Nashville Predators are in the opposite position as they are leaders of the Central division and flip flopping with the Anaheim Ducks for best team in the west.
There is no question that the Florida Panthers had the better energy level throughout the game with the Predators coming in off of back to back games with a hard fought 3-2 win over the NY Rangers the day before in Nashville but when push came to shove it was Nashville that had the finish in their game....
The short window in which a professional athlete can earn money to potentially safeguard his or her family’s future is a short one compared most normal professions. Yes, it could be argued that such a window is a more lucrative one than your average job but there are many uncertainties that athletes have to consider such as injury, that don’t occur in most professions. However, for the current Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo the prospect of retirement from professional hockey isn’t one that particularly fazes him.
A lot of fans might see this game as one of “The Greatest Tank Battles,” but the Islanders are not just playing out the string. They have points in their last four games, going 3-0-1 in that stretch. The one game the Isles didn’t win was a 13 round shootout loss to the probably playoff bound Tampa Bay Lightning.
After ending the first part of their season on a road trip where they went 2-1-3, the Blackhawks, along with the rest of the NHL, will have a 2 week break as the Winter Olympic games commence in Sochi, Russia. Four of the 10 Hawks competing in the games will play for the two North American teams, as Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith will return for their second Olympic games after winning gold with Team Canada in Vancouver, while Patrick Sharp will make his Olympic debut for the Canadians. Meanwhile, Patrick Kane will be the only Hawk to represent the stars and stripes of Team USA in hi...
The Chicago Blackhawks (25-7-5; 1st in league) will host the Vancouver Canucks (20-11-6; 7th in West) on Friday night at the United Center in Chicago. These two Western Conference rivals always provide entertaining hockey games.
Vancouver is on the second half of a back-to-back, having lost 4-1 to the Stars in Dallas last night; two of those Dallas goals came 15 seconds apart in the first five minutes.
It will be the Canucks third game in four nights. By contrast, the Blackhawks have had two days off since beating the Predators in Nashville on Tuesday night; Chicago will also have the weekend off before hosting the Devils on Monday.
The Hawks and Canucks rivalry has dimmed over the last year as the teams have not faced each other in two consecutive playoff series. Tonight, however, the hockey didn’t disappoint and the game was fast and fiesty as the Hawks came from behind to take a 2-1 win. The game was fast and tight, with a battle between goalies Corey Crawford and Roberto Luongo, who went head to head and made 36 and 27 saves, respectively.
Despite outplaying the Vancouver Canucks on both ends of the ice, the Philadelphia Flyers came out on the losing end of Tuesday evening's game.
Ryan Kesler rammed home the rebound of a Chris Higgins shot that gave Vancouver the 3-2 lead and eventual victory. It was the Flyers' third straight loss as they dropped to 1-6-0.
With 2:25 left, Higgins ripped a shot off a beautiful pass from defenseman Dan Hamhuis and Kesler was able to coral the rebound. It was Kesler's second goal of the game and gave Kesler and Higgins each a two-point night.
Flyers goaltender Steve Mason made the initial save and gave a phenomenal diving effort to try and stop the shot.
(Photo: Flyers goalie Steve Mason lies on the ice after he isn't able to stop Ryan Kesler's late game-winning goal. AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
The Chicago Blackhawks open their championship-defending season on Tuesday, October 1st versus the Washington Capitals. Needless to say, that game will be the number one ticket on Blackhawks' fans lists when regular season single-game tickets go on sale Monday morning, as Chicago has earned the right to raise a handful of banners that night - tops among them, the 2013 Stanley Cup banner.
Three years ago, Capitals forward Troy Brouwer stood on the Blackhawks side of the ice, part of the 2010 Cup-winning team. Now he will return on the visitors' side, as part of a team that is still chasing their first Cup since being founded in 1974. The team will be hungry to mak...
The New York Islanders have officially removed Rick DiPietro's name from their roster after using one of their two compliance buyouts on the former number one goaltender yesterday. The buyout will pay him $1.5 million over the next 16 seasons and makes him an unrestricted free agent in search of a new NHL home (Photo credit: xjowell/Flickr).
DiPietro was drafted by Mike Milbury with the 1st overall pick 13 years ago, making history in the NHL as he was the first goaltender to ever be selected first overall. He immediately began his career with the Islanders before seeing some time with the Isles AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
At most, the 2013 NHL season has two games remaining. The Chicago Blackhawks have the opportunity to send the Boston Bruins home without any new hardware, as a win tonight would make them this year's Stanley Cup Champions.
With that being said, the New York Islanders organization has been preparing for the NHL Entry draft, as well as free agency.
As we jump ahead to July 5th, there are a handful of players that the Islanders might consider for the 2013-2014 roster that may make them a better contending team for next season's playoff run.